Adaptation


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.6 stars; 25 reviews)

In 1960 when this was published, the Cold War was at its height. Communism and Free Enterprise (Democracy) were locked in a ferocious struggle to prove that their political ideology was the best form of government for human kind. No holds were barred in this fight; propaganda was poured forth by both sides in a constant push to be seen as better, more progressive, more productive. Nuclear war was a constant threat. I know, I lived through that time. Thankfully the world came through that stressful time without a hot war but the question was not really settled: which is the better system? This story explores that question. "Hardly had man solved his basic problems on the planet of his origin than he began to fumble into space. Barely a century had elapsed in the exploration of the Solar System than he began to grope for the stars. And suddenly, with an all but religious zeal, mankind conceived its fantasy dream of populating the galaxy." summary by Phil chenevert and the author (2 hr 55 min)

Chapters

Part 1 12:01 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 2 15:49 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 3 24:26 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 4 22:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 5 16:56 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 6 14:49 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 7 8:27 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 8 16:07 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 9 9:25 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 10 9:51 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 11 10:36 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 12 14:24 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

Stultifying and interminable


(2 stars)

I generally like Mack Reynolds work, but this is a terrible work. The language is stiff, the characters are stiff and the story is lifeless. Any of Mack Reynolds' other work would be a better listen.

obx12


(5 stars)

Excellent reader which is why I decided to read a book science fiction. I found it to be thought. Provoking. Thank you Librovox

Great classic sci-fi


(5 stars)

A fun classic sci-fi short story with a surprise twist for an ending. Read by the talented Phil Chenevert


(4.5 stars)

Really shows its age, but a good story.

A fun sociopolitical romp in space.


(5 stars)

Its raycyst


(4.5 stars)

Read by an evil white person. We need to overthrow the patriarchy by eliminating everything white people did prior to 1992, when Bill Clinton wrote the 14th amendment to the constitution. Remember any act committed by a white person recapitulates the unequal power dynamics that led to George Floyd's murder. On more serious note, this is a great story and great reader. It could not be published today because none of the characters were explicitly nonbinary BIPOcs